Bubble Witch Saga and CityVille this week’s gainer and loser among April’s Top 25 games
We’re in the final full week of April, which means it’s time to look at the highest-performing games on Top 25 Facebook Games in April. As was the case last week, these titles have huge numbers of daily active users; meaning traffic can change significantly without affecting a game’s position on the list.
Here’s what we’ve looked at so far this month:
- April 5, 2012: No. 25 (Café World) through No. 19 (Pool Live Tour).
- April 12, 2012: No. 18 (Slotomania – Slot Machines) through No. 13 (Happy Farm)
- April 19, 2012: No. 12 (The Sims Social) through No. 7 (FarmVille)
This week, we take a look at No. 6 through No. 1.
6. Bubble Witch Saga
King.com’s Bubble Witch Saga is continuing its growth pattern. The game dipped a little to 5.7 million DAU at the beginning of the month before recovering and climbing up to 6.6 million. Bubble Witch Saga is the most popular of King.com’s “Saga” games showing strong, steady growth since it launched in October 2011. Provided the game can keep or surpass the 6.6 million DAU level, it looks like Bubble Witch Saga could climb up to the No. 3 spot of our Top 25 list in May.
Zynga’s CastleVille is still losing traffic, down from 6.3 million DAU to 5.7 million. The recent Martha Stewart promotion doesn’t seem to have helped the game retain old players or bring in new ones, either. CastleVille peaked with 8.4 million DAU in December 2011 — roughly a month after it launched — but its numbers have been gradually dropping off since then. CastleVille’s position on next month’s list may remain unchanged, though, now that Hidden Chronicles’s DAU numbers are at a lower point.
4. Hidden Chronicles
Zynga’s Hidden Chronicles is down from the beginning of the month, going from 6.3 million DAU to 5.5 million. The hidden object game peaked in February with 7.5 million DAU and spent the better part of two months hovering close to that number, even getting as high as 7.4 million DAU in late March. Since the March surge, though, the game’s begun to lose users. If Hidden Chronicles isn’t able to start gaining traffic again, it will drop a couple of spots on next month’s Top 25 list.
3. Texas HoldEm Poker
Zynga’s long-running Texas HoldEm Poker continues to enjoy some of its best numbers yet, up from 7 million DAU at the beginning of April to 7.2 million. The 2008 game has seen traffic has continued to grow over the past few years and looks like it might soon pass its March 2011 peak of 7.5 million DAU; Texas HoldEm Poker’s DAU managed to get as high as 7.4 million DAU this month before dropping back to its current level. The game is expected to move up to the No. 2 spot on next month’s list, between its growth and CityVille’s dwindling numbers.
Zynga’s hit CityVille is down from 7.6 million DAU to 6.5 million, significantly less than the 2010 game’s peak of 21.5 million DAU in March 2011. CityVille’s numbers have been steadily falling since then, but the drop off seems to be picking up speed in recent months. The game still had 9 million DAU at the start of February. Next month, CityVille should still be in the top five games on our list, but it doesn’t seem likely that the game will ever hold the No. 1 position again.
1. Words With Friends
Words With Friends is still Zynga’s No. 1 game on Facebook. Although there were a couple of spikes in April’s traffic, the game seems to have settled at 7.6 million DAU down a little from the 7.8 million DAU it had at the beginning of the month. Words With Friends managed to peak in early March with 9 million DAU, but it’s started to slowly lose users since that point. Barring a strong surge in Texas HoldEm Poker’s numbers over the next few days, Words With Friends will probably stay the No. 1 game in May, but only by a fraction.
All data in this post comes from our traffic tracking service, AppData. Next week, we’ll post the list of our Top 25 games for May and start looking at its entries the week afterwards.